Nate Yoder

Nate’s book Together in the Work of the Lord studies the Conservative Mennonite Conference as a case study in Mennonite-evangelical relations, particularly in the latter part of the twentieth century.

Earlier, Nate focused his dissertation on Mennonite fundamentalists, including the founders of the Eastern Mennonite School in 1917. One way that Nate describes this project’s contribution highlights grammatical construction. Previous scholarship portrayed fundamentalism as infiltrating Mennonitism, positioning the movement as subject. In pursuing an interpretation with more nuance, Nate focused on specific Mennonite leaders, describing them as actors rather than objects – and therefore the subjects of the sentence – who had chosen to engage the broader fundamentalist movement.

As EMU’s University Archivist, Nate is resourcing Donald Kraybill, author of the centennial history to be released in 2017.


Marci Frederick
Director of Libraries

Marci began as Hartzler Library Director in 2015. She holds an M. L. I. S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and additional Master’s degrees in Philosophy (Institute for Christian Studies) and American History (University of Wisconsin-Madison). She previously served as director of two liberal arts college libraries and one graduate school library.

Her many interests include Biblical studies, Black Gospel music, feminist philosophy and theology, social justice in librarianship, and the histories of reading and of radio broadcasting.

She lives with her husband, Paul Cook, an artist, and daughter Jocelyn Cook.

Cathy Baugh
Research & Acquisitions Assist

Cathy Dagenhart Baugh grew up in Henrico County, Virginia. She has lived in Harrisonburg, Virginia, since 1986. She received a B.S. and M.A.T. from James Madison University.

Prior to coming to EMU, she was an elementary and middle school teacher in Henrico and Page Counties in Virginia. In addition, she has worked as an educational assistant at the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, and as an independent researcher for the Margaret Grattan Weaver Foundation and Bridgewater College.

Cathy came to EMU in 2002 as a library assistant in the Menno Simons Historical Library. She enjoys assisting students and patrons with historical and genealogical research.

Her research interests include early American and Virginia studies, including the Colonial, Revolutionary and Early Republic eras. She is particularly interested in the early settlement and interaction of religious ideas and practices on the Virginia frontier.

Cathy enjoys walking, reading, singing, playing handbells, and relaxing in the mountains or by the water. She is active in the music and bag lunch ministries at her church. She and her husband, Richard, have two grown children who are active in educational pursuits. Together they enjoy exploring new places, browsing bookstores, and debating current religious and political issues.

Bonnie Bowser
Circulation & Office Manager

Bonnie started working at Hartzler Library as Circulation/Office Manager, summer 1997. She manages the library student assistants through the work-study program and she believes the students are an energizing force in her job. She lives in the Park View area with her husband Henry. Bonnie and Henry have two grown children, Mary K and William.
Bonnie serves on the Support Staff Planning Committee, 2012 to present.
EMU Wellness Committee, 2014.

Stephanie Bush
Instructional Srvc Librarian

A California native, Stephanie moved to Virginia in 2004. She currently lives in Harrisonburg with her three children; Grace, Katie, and Jack.

Before coming to EMU, Stephanie worked as a librarian at the Massanutten Regional Library and on staff at JMU. She completed her Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Florida State University and her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Davis. Stephanie enjoys the challenge of helping students navigate through the information fog to help them find resources that are both appropriate and interesting for their research work.

Stephanie devotes her free time to her family. She enjoys the challenge of balancing meaningful work with the responsibility of raising her small children.

Simone Horst
Special Collections Librarian

Simone grew up in Elkhart, IN and came to EMU as an undergraduate. She earned her B.A. in History from EMU in 2012 then went on to earn her MLIS from the University of South Carolina in 2014.

Her interest in EMU’s special collections began her freshman year of college when she applied for a job as a work-study student in the EMU Archives. She worked as a student in both the EMU Archives and Menno Simons Historical Library for six years prior to becoming the Special Collections Librarian in 2014.

Her research interests include the history of the book, the digitization of library and archival material, Mennonite history, and genealogy.

Simone lives in Harrisonburg with her husband Michael and enjoys gardening, cooking, and reading.

Dawn Nyce
Technical/Reference Assist

Dawn, a 1985 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, began her library experience at the Staunton Public Library while living in Waynesboro, Virginia. In 1994 she relocated to Lancaster Pennsylvania, where she was employed at the Lancaster County Public Library. Dawn was happy to move back to “the Shenandoah Valley” and began her work with EMU in 2006 as the technical/reference assistant. Dawn enjoys learning about all aspects of library work as well as getting to know the students that she works with at the front desk.

Dawn lives with her husband Doug and three children. She enjoys traveling, hiking, reading and knitting/crocheting.

Audrey Shenk
Acq & Tech Services Manager

Audrey grew up in East Petersburg, Lancaster Co., PA and graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with a B.A. in Mathematics. Her love of reading led her to work in the library in high school and college. Upon graduation she started working full time in the library as a cataloging and acquisitions assistant. She enjoys working with computers and new technology which led to her current position of Acquisitions & Technology Services Manager. In 2014 she started working on a graduate degree in Library & Information Science at the University of South Carolina. Her hobbies include singing and doing a variety of crafts, especially counted cross-stitching.

Jennifer Ulrich
Technical Services Librarian

Jennifer comes to EMU from plains of the Midwest having grown up in Illinois and attended college & graduate school in Indiana. Travel and study experiences in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Finland have provided a wider world view. Jennifer has seen great changes in the library world since receiving her library degree in 1988. She enjoys seeing how these changes will better serve libraries and their patrons. Jennifer received a 2nd Master’s degree in Applied Women’s Studies during her sabbatical in 1999-2000.
Jennifer enjoys volunteering at Patchwork Pantry (a local food bank) and at Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade retailer. She is actively involved at Community Mennonite Church, teaching Sunday school and serving on Worship Committee for Worship Arts. She participates in Virginia Mennonite Conference as a delegate for CMC and serves as secretary for Harrisonburg District.

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